Becoming a Great eBay Seller
So your eBay bug has morphed from selling as a hobby to building an eBay business. Becoming a great eBay seller means there's a great deal of work — and a lot of fun — ahead of you. Follow these tips for researching, setting up, and successfully selling on eBay:
Answer all e-mail questions from prospective bidders and buyers within 24 hours and check your e-mail hourly before the close of your auctions. (Doing so can pay off in higher last-minute bidding.) Good customer service goes a long way in promoting and building your eBay business.
When listing a new item, research it and be sure that you know its current value and the going price.
Before listing, weigh your item and estimate the shipping cost. Be sure to list shipping (and handling) costs in your ad whether you use a flat rate or the shipping calculator for heavier packages.
Always see how many other sellers are selling your item. eBay is a supply and demand market. If too many people are selling the same item, the price may go down.
To encourage bidding in the case of auctions, set the lowest possible starting bid for your item.
Check the eBay guidelines to be sure that your item is permitted and that your listing doesn't violate any listing policies.
Get to know the listing patterns of sellers who sell merchandise similar to yours, and try to close your items at different times or days.